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fresh clashes in turkey police once again crackdown on a rallying cry taksim square we have the latest from our own cars spondon who was hit by a water cannon while reporting from the country. u.s. threatens hong kong relations could suffer if it does not act quickly to send edward snowden back to the states after the n.s.a. whistleblower was charged with spying. and a collection of washington foreign states still wants to send more aid to the syrian rebels despite. that america is right about assad's forces using chemical weapons.
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and broadcasting live from our studios in moscow this is r.t.m. sean thomas a dad with us now turkish police are again cracking down on thousands of demonstrators in the country's two largest cities they have used tear gas and water cannons to force the crowds out of the stumbles taksim square the focal point of the ongoing anti-government unrest while the capital on car is witnessing the sporadic clashes barden who is himself caught up in the violence has the latest. there i am in the turkish capital tension is now rising in response to what has happened in tax in swear of course all of this going back three weeks three groups of people that are gathered in texas where. thousands of people gathering there doing that as a memorial to at least four people who have so far been killed in these three weeks of clashes the police tactics they used have have been to charge crowds
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with water cannon which has happened in tax in square and has been happening night after night here in the capital where protests have also been ongoing when i was reporting from a street a police force a cannon drove up behind me as i was speaking into the camera and shot me in the back with a water cannon so a lot of this feeding into the accusations protests is that police are trigger happy gung ho and far too brutal it's just ranged against the prime minister. and he's a k. party and the government seen by protesters as two off or a terrier on the other side of the government saying that there are extremist elements within the critter does but they have somehow been helped from outside by foreign influences perhaps and that they've caused a lot of damage so
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a lot of mutual recrimination going on with tension growing especially when larger crowds gather each scene is unfortunately the possibility for bloody clashes between police and protesters. and we're closely following the unrest in turkey on air and online as well head to r.t. dot com for instant updates and live pictures from taksim square. washington is pressuring hong kong to extradite whistleblower edward snowden who currently is in hiding there the u.s. says that if the city authorities failed to act quickly it would complicate little ations that is after prosecutors filed criminal charges against noting the cues in him of espionage he leaked classified documents which first revealed the globe spanning high tech eavesdropping network ran by the n.s.a.
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or he's going to charge him has more edward snowden has been charged with espionage theft and conversion of government property now the u.s. justice department has also reportedly asked hong kong to arrest that word snowden the united states has an extradition treaty with hong kong and snowden could fight extradition if he's arrested there but the treaty has an exception for political offenses so snowden's defense team in hong kong may potentially invoke that part of the extradition treaty edward snowden is right. oh have shed unprecedented light on the u.s. government's massive spying program here reveal that even if you're not doing anything wrong you're being watched and recorded and the obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the espionage act than all previous administrations combined but edward snowden. says it's not government persecution that he fears he said the greatest fear that i have regarding these revelations is
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that nothing will change. another famous whistleblower julian assange has published a statement in support of snowden which was also full of criticism of president obama the wiki leaks founder believes obama's promises of hope and change have been broken he also hit out at the u.s. president for the lack of transparency and persecuting whistleblowers while playing judge jury and executioner all over the world geo political analyst and founder of stop imperialism dot com eric draitser thinks snowden it will cause the white house even more headaches. diplomatic problems could arise but we also know that glenn greenwald along with snowden have not released all of the information it's entirely possible that they're holding something back to use as leverage particularly in that situation and i would also just like to add that those people who are demonizing snowden who are finding conspiracy theories within this they are the ones who are in fact tacitly supporting the police state the n.s.a.
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and the government essentially the argument goes that because we want to prevent the destruction of our open society and our democratic way of life we should therefore allow for the destruction of our democratic society an open way of life it is a circular argument and it makes no sense rather what we should be asking is why is such rampant criminality taking place in the united states all the way up the chain of command literally into the white house why is it that such a cohesive system has been created and the dialogue that comes out of that the discourse after the revelations of snowden is not about the legality it's not about the privacy issues it's about snowden it's about glenn greenwald it's about leakers and whistleblower this is mr direction and a distortion of the reality of the situation the reality is that the united states and the u.k. and its various partners have evolved into surveillance states. while the u.s. authorities are tracking down edward snowden another spy scandal has broken out at
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home chinese dissident chang chang received a whole pile of high tech gifts when he arrived in the u.s. last year but little did he know his new gadgets were loaded with bugs our report on the bees allegations is coming up a little bit later in the program. revelations about global surveillance programs have put a u.k. spy agency in the spotlight now g c h q has been collecting and to storing huge amounts of personal data from online and telephone traffic and sharing it with its american allies artie's tells our sylvia looks at the latest leak. certainly a new twists and it reveals a vast and compassing program operation in place by the few here in the u.k. it shows that they have been a collecting and storing vast quantities of information ranging from facebook posts to phone calls as well as internet even internet histories basically they have had
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access to fiber optic cables that carry the world's phone calls if you remember you can the n.s.a. said that they did not record phone calls but according to these latest revelations by edward snowden that up to six hundred million quote unquote telephone events last year were recorded day by you can imagine the vast amount of data that they are now able to tap into to store and to analyze and share with the u.s. as a national security agency or the n.s.a. if you look at the documents it snowden had provided the titles of some of the main components were mastering the internet or global telecom exploitation clearly there's no doubt as to what the objectives of these programs were having put them in the place and also the fact that the technology exists right now and that there have been in place for the last eighteen months is really a terrifying thought for private citizens because this kind of vast and compassing kind of technology does not distinguish between innocent private citizens and
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targeted suspects and that has more of the concern of course of security versus infringement of privacy and also there's another point to be made here that the guardian believes that reported that about to people what access to the. database were about eight hundred fifty thousand and it's a employees and private contractors with a top security clearance that's a lot of people with access to private information of u.k. citizens and beyond and also according to edward snowden. have been even worse than the u.s. in their spying efforts here. are solely reporting for us they're now the expects pose a of the british spy agencies the data collection have. has been a cause for heated debate make sure you join in the conversation on our facebook page some of those who are already there accuse the u.s. and u.k. of covering up what users call illegal and unjust wars others see the global spying revelations as proof society is turning more orwellian certain users call
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government snooping organized crime on a global scale but many more are not at all surprised by the revelations that governments are collecting people's data and mass take part in the debate and share your thoughts the address is facebook dot com forward slash our team use. at a meeting in qatar the foreign backers of the syrian opposition announced a plan to urgently step up for the rebels in the country but the so-called friends of syria did not immediately specify whether weapons would be part of the
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assistance the gathering comes just a week after the white house announced plans to provide the opposition with armaments yet in qatar the us secretary of state condemned president assad for accepting the assistance of foreign fighters from iraq. also reiterated that the regime crossed president obama's red line. chemical weapons since the un has cast doubt on claims that it was certainly damascus that was behind the use of poison gas. united nations experts say that they didn't. put forward by the united states britain and france that the damascus regime chemical weapons against the syrian rebels they said that despite the fact that these three countries collected evidence on the ground such as. the soil samples it is inconclusive and that they would have to send their own investigators to conduct a personal investigation inside syria this is what the u.n. had to say. we cannot.
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we cannot. so you are casting serious ground in the west coast of the. u.s. . the british the french supplied what they say is verifiable proof they have they haven't but it's important to note that based on these unsubstantiated claims by the united states britain and france that aside used chemical weapons last week the american president barack obama ordered the cia to start supplying weapons to the syrian rebels he says to quote him that the damascus regime had crossed a red line sit by washington now the russian president vladimir putin has reiterated that any supply of weapons to the syrian rebels is in violation of international law and he has warned that it will only further it destabilize the situation on the ground. so i can barely understand why one would supply arms to
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the rebel groups in syria when we don't even know who those groups consist of if washington acknowledges one of the key bodies' of the opposition forces refer and as a terrorist organization officially and admits its links to al qaida how can they then debate that same opposition where would those weapons and up to the point that the russian president makes that we do not know who composes the opposition and way these weapons will end up is a point that is raising concern in the international community for twenty seven months this conflict has been going on and at this stage it seems to be showing no signs of letting up paula see our team on the israeli syrian border. political blogger karl charlotte says that flooding of the country with weapons will only intensify the conflict and cause more and more deaths. i think it was a rainy and wise move and there have been and. probably still within policy circles
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within both britain and the u.s. warning of such moves and but i think the group collectively didn't pay attention to these kind of warnings about the possibility of going to eating the conflict for their hiring rebels though there are still not clear who they are or what their aims political aims would be if they do take power in syria so you've got everybody without exaggeration there recipe for disaster the bigger picture is every step of escalation is going to be followed by a situation from the other side there isn't going to be a magic moment when all the sides supporting this syrian regime i'm going to say well yes if you're going so intent on arming the syrian double intervening in syria well we're going to walk out of this tuition and it's a very serious risk inflaming the conflict further and further and intensifying its magnitude by putting all in on the fire by sending in more weapons. still to come later in the program there is no end to the violence in brazil country continues to
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be mass protests despite president rousseff promising reforms that after a short break. speak your language. programs and documentaries in arabic.
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from the world of interviews intrigue. for you. visit. and welcome back you're watching our team brazil as seen another round of mass protests with police clashing with demonstrators in the southeastern city of belo horizonte reports are emerging of that a number of people have been injured during the violence this comes just a day after president dilma rousseff addressed to the nation pledging government reforms is was not enough to calm protesters however who remain disappointed with her economic policy. and the high cost of staging the world cup as artie's and
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nothing who explains. reports of a second day in massive protests all over brasil are adding more anger and violence to their ongoing rallies the first victim an eighteen years old demonstrator died in the state of south paolo after car crashed through a barricade and the driver prayed at least sixty people have been injured brazil is witnessing historic rallies taking place across the country and some estimates say from one ad to two million people flooded the streets of more than one hundred cities what started as a rally over transport first house turned into a violent mass demonstration and police crackdown police used tear gas paper spray and rubber bullets some of the protesters threw stones to torch cars and pulled down those in real crowds marched against corruption police brutality poor public services and excessive spending on the world cup their banners call for change
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saying like stop corruption and government failure to understand education will lead to revolution crowds could gathered in the capital brasilia try to torch the building of the foreign ministry where also met with a harsh police response brazilian authorities agreed to make a step forward and drop they are moved over but first increase but protesters claim it's too little too late with protests fevers breathing fast across the nation demonstrators promised in the next days there will be more protests well if you missed something on the air you can always catch up on headlines and other stories online here's a quick look at what we've got waiting for you there right now. scientists in washington state fear that an underground tank containing waste from nuclear weapons is leaking after detecting high radioactive levels in the sweat the details on. website. just imagine having a nice dinner with your family out of the blue
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a car smashes into a restaurant table breathtaking pictures were caught by c.c.t.v. in australia visit our you tube channel for another look now luckily everyone survived without any severe injuries all that is just a quick away. chinese dissident chang. allegedly been spied on after america granted him asylum electronic equipment he received as a gift on arrival in the u.s. was bugged with tracking devices he got the parcel from the activist group china which denies responsibility and has asked the f.b.i. to investigate. as more. just a few weeks following revelations about america's prism spying program on another surveillance story is on folding this one surrounding chinese activist chen guangcheng the blind decided to move to the u.s. last may with his family after reportedly escaping
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a dramatic house arrest in china treated as a hero and symbol of democracy chen received a fellowship at n.y.u. new york university he also received an apartment in greenwich village and many tech gadgets that were donated by his supporters right now while corning to warders a smartphone an i pod that chen received upon arriving to new york was loaded with it in spine software allegedly used to spy on the self-taught lawyer and why you technicians inspected the electronics reportedly finding software that allowed a third party to secretly connect to a g.p.s. that was able to track him according to reports also there's been published reports indicating that there was a hit in password protected software that backed up all the contents on his i pad and or i phone and that allowed be content to be remotely access to buy
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a server according to reports at least three other electronic devices given to china also included suspicious software but it is not clear who is responsible for the alleged spy software however what chen supporters say is clear is that a man who gained international recognition for standing up for human rights in china comes to america where he allegedly finds himself living under a veil of surveillance reporting from new york. r.t. . now a quick look at some other news making headlines around the globe for you this hour at least fourteen people have been killed by a suicide bomb in the iraqi capital baghdad explosives went off in a shia mosque wounding twenty five people during evening prayers another nine people died in separate attacks across the country earlier in the day there has been a surge in sectarian attacks of late and the past month has been the bloodiest in the last five years.
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the indian government has declared a national crisis after floods caused by the monsoon leave around a thousand people dead air force helicopters are rescuing some of the estimated forty thousand people who have been left stranded by the rising waters while the army is helping move people away from the stricken areas on special trains authorities fear the death toll is set to rise. hundreds have rallied in support of same sex marriage in berlin here you are seeing footage provided by artie's new video agency ruptly it is an annual march attended by millions of people to promote tolerance german society remains split over the issue like much of europe in a recent speech at the city's brandenburg gate president obama stressed the importance of sexual minorities having basic human right. pakistan's new government faces
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a lot of ugly challenges terror attacks drone strikes and sectarian strife while issues like huge shortfall in energy are usually left on the sidelines. explains how authorities are struggling to deal with these big problems. business is far from booming at this textile mill in pakistan several times each day the machines come to a halt there's simply not enough power to keep them running forcing them to sit idle for up to fourteen hours a day the mill has resorted to burning wood to keep up production but for a factory employing four thousand people it's an unsustainable solution this is to be affecting the number of people you can employ you must provide jobs and job creation can he have been if you have energy. and energy is personally what pakistan lacks the country of almost one hundred eighty million people has been plagued by power cuts that have grown longer and more frequent in recent years about two thirds of pakistan's energy comes from oil and gas but there's not enough
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fuel to go around most cars here are run a natural gas but widespread shortages often leave drivers queuing up at the pump for hours the power crisis has also played a major role in helping industrial tycoon washer we've defeat the ruling party in the recent election. it's a tragedy that a country with atomic weapons is deprived of electricity and has no electricity for even twenty dollars a day how can a country develop in such a situation so called load shedding means people and businesses can't function those who can afford it turn to a battery run electricity by using a device called. it's enough to keep a few lights and ceiling fans on but just barely across pakistan countless people are struggling to get by because of the energy crisis businesses large and small are desperate for an increase in energy supply in hard hit areas like this one the geopolitics of where pakistan turns to in order to get those supplies is hardly a top concern q iran the islamic republic has plenty of natural gas reserves which
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pakistan is eager to consume and after nearly twenty years the two countries inaugurated a gas pipeline that would let pakistan do just that the project aims to bring a million cubic feet of gas to pakistan each day from iran's offshore southpark field in the persian gulf. this is the single best thing which has happened to box on the last sixty five to six systems it will be a major step towards providing cost effective solution and a solution which will allow pakistan to be actually connected to the global energy guest recess but there are serious doubts about how pakistan could finance the one point five billion dollars needed to build its portion of the pipeline and there's another hurdle washington has threatened to slap islam abroad with sanctions over the project if this deal is finalized for a proposed iran pakistan pipeline it would raise serious concerns under our around sanctions act we've made it absolutely clear to our pakistani counterparts the americans are pushing for a rival plan for u.s.
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backed pipeline from turkmenistan instead but u.s. opposition isn't the only hurdle realistically i don't think that's ever going to happen because if you look at the geopolitical you look at the forces that are opposed to it it's not just the united states that's opposed to it it's also saudi arabia it's also the you we it's also got that also that new prime minister is you know quite a poor soul saudi at least historically has been i don't see the it on pakistan pipeline going through it remains to be seen whether the pipeline will be sidelined by geo politics but for the people here there's little choice but to put up with the inconvenience and wait in line to see caffein of r t pakistan just ahead james brown is visiting russia's remote region the coldest place in the world people never the less remain warm and welcoming.
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you know what's worse than a crop bureaucrat a core. bureaucrat who sucks at being corrupt a scumbag bureaucrat in veronese russia just couldn't help himself and put some very hefty charges for services contracts for road repair and construction in just three years he was able to take enough of a percentage off of these contracts though investigators raided his house he had the equivalent of over three million dollars in russian money all over his home news not mail dot ru claims he had entire laundry hampers and twenty five kilogram sugar sacks filled to the brim with blocks first off when someone is this flagrant that means that he thought rather comfortable and not getting caught so there are plenty more of these guys out there but second this is an absolute slap in the face to russia taxpayers who are hungry for new roads i think for instance it's a flagrant in your face obvious crush corruption russia might need to reconsider
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that moratorium on the death penalty but that's just i think. this is a year old. this car is being specially modified and it's about to undergo one of the toughest hole for journeys in russia and everything needs to be perfect. this car is a new cusa one of the most extreme places on the planet you don't want to break down the pad out here because this whole jack is used to hoist the car up as. well plus a shovel without one they want you compete in the race because the conditions can
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be pretty extreme. you'll probably need it. and once the new ties are on and the motors funny to this car is off to the races. ladies and gentlemen start your. capital you could home to the mammoth driving club and when these boys and girls get together they get a rather special sendoff yakutia maybe the size of india but it's below freezing here for at least seven months of the year and less than a million people are spread out over its three million square kilometers of space it's a vast wilderness but it's not driver's paradise well it might be my very first rally but we're not doing anything by it.